TE Connectivity (TE) has introduced a new selective gold-plating option for our standard hermaphroditic blade and receptacle connectors. These new connectors are suited for harsh environments where moisture and high vibration may be present. The surface-mounted (SMT), board-to-board version of the hermaphroditic blade and receptacle connector reduces inventory requirements with a single connector that mates to itself. In addition, the wire-to-board connector mates to the new part number series in a typical LED lighting application, providing power into the first board in a string of rigid printed circuit board LED light strips. The connectors help speed assembly time with a low profile, reflow compatible design available in tape and reel packaging.